Ursula Pflug and Candas Jane Dorsey want food-centered speculative fiction for an Exile Publishing anthology called The Food of My People. Stories can contain up to 5,000 words and must include a recipe. Any speculative genre is acceptable, from fantasy to scifi. The recipe can be real or fantastical, and should be tasty.
The publisher prefers authors who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. At least 90% of the anthology will consist of stories by people currently living in Canada. Up to 10% will comprise stories by Canadian ex-pats and others living abroad.
Pays 5¢/word (Canadian currency, of course) for first English-language rights & non-exclusive anthology rights for one year from publication. No multiple submissions. Deadline is August 1.
From the original call for submissions:
Speculative writing, whatever the sub-genre, is full of food scenes. Food can be integral to the magic, the meetings, the processes of narratives from hard SF to high fantasy. For all of us, eating is a symbolic and magical act, a transformation, a covenant, a ritual, a comfort, and a necessity, and this awareness has been expressed in story – all the way from myth, legend and fairy tale to modern speculative writing – in many memorable ways. Alice eats and drinks to participate in Wonderland, Ripley’s alien has to feed its young, Persephone eats the pomegranate seeds and spends half her life in the Underworld, the witch entices Hansel and Gretel with food to become food, the food in 2001’s famous white room is spookily nutritious and generic, and Soylent Green is people.
We can’t live without food, but sometimes we can’t live with it, either. In literature and in history, food-themed stories have had a darker side: starvation, poisonings (whether intentional or accidental), struggles with eating disorders, and more. We’re all drawn to candy coatings (in this case, literally) but we also want the story about how the missing ingredient ruined the feast.
For The Food of my People anthology, its award-winning editors seek speculative writing that makes the magic and reality of food and nourishment integral to each story and its outcome.
Get all the details at The Food of My People: Call for Subs – Ursula Pflug
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